Meet Androulla from Empower Beyond
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Androulla Sakkas, the Founder of EmpowerBeyond with over 20 years’ experience working with businesses to give them financial confidence through the incorporation of business performance solutions.
Tell us about your business
I run a business consulting business focusing on people, process and product/services to improve the performance in those areas and in turn increase profitability for the business.
Why and when did you start your own business?
I started my business back in 2011, when I was still working in Corporate and studying towards getting my Diploma in Coaching. With over 18 years of experience helping corporations with their productivity, processes, cash flow, planning, execution all with the incorporation of reviewing the people, process and the products it made me realise that I enjoyed my job but I wanted to have a greater impact on people’s lives. So I decided to start my own business doing what I did for corporations and now focusing on the small business industry.
What does being a business owner mean to you?
It means I can have a positive effect on the lives of people directly and in a short period of time.
I can help people see opportunities they couldn’t see in their own business.
From a family perspective, I have 2 boys who are in their teens and me being there for their after school activities is something I enjoy being part of. I have created a business that works well for me and my clients. It’s a win-win for all.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
My mentors, I always look to people for assistance that are already achieving what I want to achieve. It takes all the guess work out of how to get results and it is also a great way to be more productive with my time.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
It was back in 2011 when I was working full time at an executive level and even though I had my Accounting Degree I decided to go back to studying at the age of 38 to receive my Diploma in Coaching and starting my business. Doing this all while running a household with a husband and 2 boys.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Don’t over think things.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
I run my own workshop/seminars which the attendees get a feel for what to expect when thinking about working with me. They also get to see just how much value they get in a short period of time and how that impacts them within hours. I’ve had people leave my events in the morning and by the afternoon they have implemented a strategy discussed at the event.
By running the workshops I have been recognised for the work I do and have been featured in and contributed to articles in Kochie’s Business Builder, Officework WorkWise, appear on radio and interviewed by my local paper.
What is one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
- Make sure to network consistently and build relationships over time.
- Have a mindset of abundance because people can sense when you have a mindset of scarcity as it comes out in your conversations.
- Listen and do less talking
- Don’t assume anything, be curious and ask questions
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe (and include links if available).
My Outlook Calendar – it’s a reminder tool for me, it helps me plan and with the colour code options, I can see at a glance the activities for the month.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I love to spend my weekends watching my boys play cricket and football as well as catching up with the other mums for a laugh.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful woman in business?
- Networking and building relationships
- Have structure, be discipline be consistent
- Enjoy what you do – you need to find a way to keep that passion for what you do going at all times.
What fears have you faced in business? Have you overcome it/them? How do you manage fear?
One of the fears that clearly stays in my mind was within the first 6 months of going into business. At that stage no regular income was coming through, I started to doubt myself whether I was good enough and I questioned whether I was being selfish in choosing my business over having a regular income by being in a job.
What got me through that was my husband, who believed in me more than I believed in myself at that time. I still remember sitting in my office at home, him coming in after work and seeing me cry. The encouraging words he said next were what got me to still be in business today. From that day on I never looked back and it was a huge relief. In a way, I gave myself permission to commit my all to the business with no regret or second thoughts.
What are your top 5 goals you want to achieve by the end of 2017?
- Continue with my online presence through educating on different social media platforms
- Continue my intakes throughout the year for my Business Implementation Program (for business owners who are overwhelmed, stressed and want to be more productive with their time to generate more income for their business)
- Run 4 more workshops
- Continue to grow my one to one clientele
- Speak at more business events
What makes you happy?
Hearing from my clients that I have taken a whole lot of weight of their shoulders. That they are now feeling a sense of relief and empowerment to be the leader they need to be to run a successful business (success means different things to different people)
Have you had to make any sacrifices whilst running your business? If so, what are they?
For me it’s not about the sacrifices I’ve made but what I have chosen to prioritise as important to me and my family at a particular point in time.
When I first started in business there was one year that I had to make my business and studying a priority as that was my means of leaving the corporate world to start a new chapter in my life. At that point, family time was minimal for me but I had the understanding and support from my husband. Now things have changed, my boys see me more now, probably more than they would like (being in their teenage years) but they know they can now really on me being there for them.
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most and why?
There is no one company or business I admire the most, but there are a few who come to mind that are close to my heart, my clients. Why I admire them is because they had the courage to reach out to me and ask for support. Telling someone that you need help can be hard for some people. Allowing someone into your real world of business which may not always be what it seems from the outside is a huge step, one that my clients are relieved once taking that step.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 2-5 years?
My business will still remain in Australia and the clientele will be small to medium businesses. At that stage, I will have to look at hiring staff or outsourcing more of the backend tasks in my business.
What book has inspired you the most? (OR What is your favourite book?)
Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimion Reyonlds
How do you measure your success in business?
- By the way, I handle situations and how I respond to things
- By reflecting on the things I’ve learned
- The growth made over a period of time, that’s why I like to reflect daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly
- Financial and non-financial outcomes for myself and for my clients
Where is your dream destination to go for a holiday and why?
Dubai – not sure why but something is driving me there.
What is your favourite inspirational quote you would like to share with other WBS members?
“There is a solution to every problem”
What are your top 5 business tips?
- Network and build relationships
- Have a plan and targets and stay focused
- Know your numbers
- Surround yourself with supportive people
- Take action even when the fear is there
- Always look at improving and getting better at what you do.
- Keep that passion for business alive
Why did you become a WBS Member?
I had attended the WBS events in the past and I saw the relationships these women had amongst each other. Building relationships is what I like best as I’ve made some great friends through this and had amazing clients. I truly believe you need to have a supportive environment when being in business and WBS is that.
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